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Checking on the fruit

We had a couple of nasty ice storms, this winter, and some nights of single digits, too.  So, we lost  some winter crops in the raised beds and a Bradford pear tree at the end of the driveway.  I don’t regret the loss of the fruitless pear.  I know they grow fast and are a boon to contractors, but I think I fruit tree that won’t bear is a waste of space.   Because we lost that Bradford, I’m hoping the real pear I planted in that tree line will have a better chance this year.

It had a tall spike of a trunk.  I cut it out a couple of days ago so that it would aim its growth outward, where I can actually reach any fruit that survives the deer.  I dipped it in some rooting hormone and then in a pot of good, composty dirt.  I don’t really expect to get a tree from it, but it didn’t cost me anything to try.

The Santa Rosa plum, to the right of the front door is covered in blossoms.  The elephant heart plum by the driveway, isn’t as full, but still looks promising.  The peach has blossoms, too.  The apples have no buds, yet.  The sour cherry had buds all over, but nothing has actually opened.

The kiwis are still dormant and the passionfruit is, too.  But, there are buds all over all the blueberries.

The crabapple tree is covered in young leaves, not fully emerged, and I don’t see any flower buds.  That tree has never bloomed.  How does a crabapple never bloom?  I’ve never seen such a thing in my life.  And I got it to pollinate an apple tree that has since died and been replaced by two others, so I really find the lack of blossoms ridiculous.

Spring is creeping in and I am loving it.

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More sweet potatoes

The green coming up on the Beauregard potato was so enthusiastic that I wished it was time to plant it.  But, it really isn’t time yet.  There’s a bunch more of cold weather coming.  So, I pinched off all the leaf clusters of any size and stuck them in a jar of water to let them root into slips.  There are a couple of tiny leaves on the piece of potato that has roots coming out of the bottom.

The Japanese sweet potato isn’t doing anything yet.

I need to decide where to plant these when the weather is warm enough.  I have put the sunchokes in the bed where I planted sweet potatoes last year.  My neighbor hacks or Roundups anything that comes through on her side of the fence. So, vines over there are a really bad idea.  And sweet potatoes do vine all over the place.  I may decide to take Chuck up  on his offer of a potato pot and put them on the deck.  It would make harvesting easier and the vines on the rails would be attractive.

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Sweet potatoes

One of the sweet potatoes I grew last year is shriveling.  So, I have cut it in half and stuck it in water.  Maybe I will have 2 pieces ready to go in the ground when it’s time.

Maybe not.

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Fall Planting

Saturday (the 5th), Chuck refreshed a couple of beds with compost and planted 3 kinds of beets, carrots, turnips and a lettuce mix.

Kale, chard, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, arugula and cabbage were already started on August 15.

Almost all our seeds have come from Sow True Seeds or Southern Exchange Seed Exchange.  BUT, Chuck has started saving seeds.  So, I’m trying to make notes of what we have purchased so I can remember varieties later, because some have worked better for us than others.

The beet varieties are Chiogga (ST), Early Wonder (ST)  and Detroit Dark Red (ST) .

The turnip is White Egg (SESE).

Carrot is Danvers (SESE).

Brussels sprouts are Long Island Improved. (ST)

Leaf lettuce is Salad Bowl blend from Botanical Interests

Cabbage is Charleston Wakefield (ST).

We have Fordhook Giant (ST) Swiss Chard (and it really is giant.)

Kales are Dwarf Siberian (ST), Red Russian (ST)  and Lacinato/Dinosaur (SESE).

Brocollis are Umpqua and diCiccio (both SESE).

Cauliflower is Snowball, Self-Blanching (SESE).  I love cauliflower so we keep trying but it hasn’t been very successful in past years.

We have Baby Butternut winter squash (SESE) and Small Sugar pumpkins (ST) blooming now.

Spinachs will be Bloomsdale (SESE) and Winter Giant (ST).  Tat soi (High Mowing Organic Seeds) and mizuna (ST) are going in soon, too.

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